Monday, 14 March 2011
A date with the unpicker
Well I guess you could say I’ve definitely got my sewing mojo back. I was given this most beautiful fabric from my girlfriend Ness in Australia for Christmas (or birthday – they are very close together and in my old age it gets difficult to remember), and have been wondering what to do with it.
I wanted something to show off the fabric, and thought a shirt would look too busy and there wasn’t enough for a dress (would have made a perfect ‘Alice dress’)… so a skirt – with pockets!!! I love pockets, and I miss pockets, and am going to put pockets in every dress I make, except for the slinky ones. Why do they take out the pockets once you’re a grown up? It’s just not right.
It’s been a long time since i self drafted a pattern, so I adapted a vintage ‘style’ (1400) pattern I bought off eBay in a 70s lot pack. Some of the others are just priceless. It had a 13inch waist!!!!! Who has that apart from Victoria Beckham? So I made the waist bigger, the skirt less full, and added pockets.
This should have been a one to two hour job from start to finish, but in my haste and lack of practice, I didn’t even try it on before I finished off the seams. Stupid I know, but I really wanted it done NOW. Alas, the skirt was way too big (or I’ve lost more weight than I thought), and the pockets were set far too low.
So, many hours with the unpicker later, I eventually fixed my errors, and sat down and thought about what I was doing, tried the skirt on, pinned appropriately, and now I have one finished skirt (minus the hem – Nameless Cat isn’t too good with a ruler and pins).
Ness I hope I made you proud.